On September 13 the Danish Prime Minister, H.E. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and a delegation of CEO’s and specialists in the maritime industry attended a Sino-Danish Marine event in Shanghai, where the joint future of Danish and Chinese maritime industry was discussed.
Organized by Danish Maritime, Danish Export Association and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark and funded by Danish Maritime Fund, the objective of the event was to discuss and share opinions on the future of Danish-Chinese maritime industry. The speakers all shared their perspective on the short-, middle- and long-term future for shipbuilding globally.
High standards forms the future
In the subsequent panel discussion it was discussed how Denmark and China in collaboration can navigate through the challenges and opportunities of the future with benefit for both countries. Thorning-Schmidt said on that topic:
“In Denmark we base ourselves on international regulations for the maritime industry, and we believe in high standards. I know that China is also a strong supporter of international rules and quality shipping. That is why I truly believe that continued dialogue, more trade and increased cooperation between our nations is very important to both our countries. I am certain that we will be able to make use of the opportunities before us, and work even closer together in the future for our mutual benefit.”
High level guests participated
Besides the Prime Minister and the delegation, Danish and Chinese officials as well as high level representatives from the Danish and Chinese maritime industry participated in the event. Danish Ambassador to China, Mr. Friis Arne Petersen, Danish Consul General to China, Mr. Karsten Ankjær Jensen, Chairman of Shanghai International Port Group, Mr. Chen Xuyuan, CEO of Danish Maritime, Ms. Jenny N. Braat, CEO of Maersk Terminals, A.P. Moeller Maersk, Kim Fejfer were also among the participating guests at the event. After the event, the Prime Minister went back to Denmark.
Source: kina.um.dk, September 17, 2012